The Limited Inc reported a comparable store sales decrease of 7 per cent for the four weeks ended 1 December 2001 compared to the four weeks ended 2 December 2000. Net sales were $816.3 million, compared to sales of $864.5 million for the four-week period ended 25 November 2000. Excluding sales in 2000 from Lane Bryant, which was sold to Charming Shoppes Inc in August 2001, sales increased 3 per cent.